The University of Missouri protest that brought down the school’s president may have claimed another faculty member—this one on the side of protesters.
Assistant Professor Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment with MU’s School of Journalism Tuesday afternoon after being caught on video calling for “muscle” and attempting to remove a student journalist who was taking photographs in a public area of the school.
According to a Tuesday report by The Missourian, a courtesy appointment allows members of one academic unit to serve on graduate committees for students from other academic units. Click is a member of the Communications Department, where she teaches mass media. She still retains that position.
The dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism tweeted Click’s resignation.
While the J-School faculty were meeting, Dr. Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the School. #Mizzou @mojonews
— Kurp (@Kurp) November 11, 2015
Fox News “Bias Bash” host Lauren Green discussed Click’s actions with journalist and correspondent Ellen Ratner on Tuesday. Ratner, an admitted liberal, said a professor at MU—one of the top journalism schools in the country—should know better.
Watch the discussion below.
Click wrote an extensive apology in a full statement published on MU Communications Department’s website.
“I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior,” she wrote, “and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.”
Click claimed that she apologized to the reporter, Tim Tai, by phone, and that her apology was accepted.
“My actions were shaped by exasperation with a few spirited reporters. From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility,” she continued.
Some Twitter users think Click should do more than simply apologize and resign a courtesy appointment.
@Kurp @Dave_Matter @mojonews how about the rest of her job?
— Craig Caringer (@craig_caringer) November 11, 2015
@Kurp @mojonews She’s still working and should resign. Stomping on 1A in her position worse than what Mizzu officials did #FireMelissaClick — Tishiamarie (@4tishia) November 11, 2015
A few users saw “calling for muscle” to be a direct threat of violence against the student.
@Kurp @mojonews Melissa Click should be terminated immediately. Threatening violence against a student can not be tolerated.
— Roger Amador (@ram2711) November 11, 2015
@Kurp @mojonews As long as she’s still on staff, it’s still an issue. She threatened a student. That should be the end of it. — Will (@ProjectMelton) November 11, 2015
She needs to be fired from all positions. She’s an embarrassment for @Mizzou @Kurp @mojonews
— MelissaClick (@Dr_2A) November 11, 2015
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